That intercept operator from the 513th MI Brigade is using an AOR AR8200. A good choice for a wideband portable if you can afford it. Considering what some of you spend on an M4orgery that won’t see half the action a communications receiver in the hands of a competent operative will see, the AOR is a bargain. However, now that events have gone to a slow boil in the US, and that this is a come-as-you-are party, you just have to run what you brung.
Low-Level Voice Intercept (LLVI) is exactly what what the name implies. It’s performing point and sector searches for voice communications, and something scanner hobbyists have been doing for decades. Even if all you have is a cheap Chinese HT, you can still run LLVI as it receives the VHF-high and UHF land mobile bands just fine. I’ve actually had students in previous classes do that, and they managed just fine.
Here are some examples of less-expensive gear you’d use for LLVI. The receiver on the left is a Whistler WS1040. No surprises there. It covers all the necessary bands, does P25 Phase I, trunking, and has Spectrum Sweeper. To the right is an Alinco dual-band (2m/440) HT that has some extended receive coverage up to ~900 MHz. They both have 1/8″ audio jacks for plugging in headphones. I run them right into my amplified shooting earmuffs that conveniently have a 1/8″ audio jack input. It serves both to keep the noise level down at a field LP, and let you hear what’s going on around you. A notebook for logging and keeping useful reference material handy. Spare batteries, writing instrument, and something to hold it all that I found at a local army/navy store.
Go visit Radioreference.com to get frequency data for your point and sector searches, use online mapping will show you places that are located above your average terrain for listening. Gear up, take a quick hike, do some listening, and enjoy the view.
That’s all there is to it.
Just a reminder that we are one month out from the Basic Grid-Down/Down-Grid Communications, Communications Monitoring, and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Class on January 6th. in Watertown, CT.
Signals intelligence (SIGINT) is intelligence-gathering by interception of signals, whether communications between people (communications intelligence—abbreviated to COMINT) or from electronic signals not directly used in communication (electronic intelligence—abbreviated to ELINT). Signals intelligence is a subset of intelligence collection management.
This is a one-day class that covers all the basics you need to set up your monitoring post, collect signals intelligence (SIGINT), get on the air with amateur radio and personal communications services (FRS, GMRS, MURS, CB, Part 15), and establish communications networks and interoperability with other like-minded individuals.
Topics of instruction include the following:
- Learning about Electronic Communications – A Primer
- Communications Monitoring HF-to-UHF
- Intelligence versus Information
- Intelligence Requirements
- SIGINT – Signals Intelligence
- Listening Posts and SIGINT Operations
- Communications Services
- Amateur Radio
- Part 95 & 15 (license-free or “license by rule” services)
- Communications Networks
- Interoperability – What it is, and how to make it work.
- Increasing System Performance
- Grid-Down versus Down-Grid Realities
- Basic Crypto Systems and When It Is Legal to Use Them
- Alternatives to Radio Communications